Switzerland, Bern

Confronting Climate Change – from Science to Policy. International Bachelor Summer School for Climate Change Research

when 5 August 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee CHF 550

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report states that “climate change is clear”. Both the scientific community and the governments participating in the IPCC have accepted and agreed that the world is undergoing significant climate changes. This highly complex global challenge has been on the agenda of policymakers since the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (also known as the Rio Summit) held in 1992. It has become clear that the only way to tackle this immense challenge is by adopting an interdisciplinary approach.

Organized according to a matrix structure, the International Bachelor Summer School will focus primarily on the following areas: The Physical Climate System, Climate Economics, Governance and Knowledge Transfer. It will include traditional keynote lectures, teamwork in workshops and self-study.
The keynote lectures held by highly recognized scientists will introduce the participants to basic aspects of the main research areas, allowing them to broaden their interdisciplinary skills and understanding. In addition, there will be a specific lecture on general techniques of intercultural communication. The workshops will give the students the chance to extend and deepen their knowledge in their own field of study. Working in groups of four, and guided by a supervisor, the participants will address specific research topics and subsequently present their findings. At the end of the course, they will take part in a negotiation simulation and hold their own Climate Conference.
The field trip will be to the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch (at 3500 m above sea level). As well as being introduced to the measurement systems, the participants will see the impact of climate change first-hand at the Great Aletsch Glacier, which has shaped one of Switzerland’s most fascinating landscapes.

Course leader

Thomas Stocker (Co-Chair of IPCC 2008-2015 Working Group I), OCCR, University of Bern, Karin Ingold, OCCR, University of Bern, Joseph Francois, WTI, University of Bern, Eric Strobl, OCCR, University of Bern, Manfred Elsig, WTI, University of Bern, Olivia

Target group

Participation is limited to 36 bachelor students (semesters 4 to 6) who are interested in Climate Change Research and are enrolled in any of the following fields of study: natural/climate sciences, economics, social sciences or law.

Course aim

The aim of the International Bachelor Summer School for Climate Change Research is to bring together highly motivated, open-minded bachelor students. The prospective participants are studying a wide range of subjects; therefore, this course will enable all of them to gain new insights into the topic of climate change and its impact on society. Additionally, students will be able to interact with high-profile scientists. The small group and informal atmosphere during breaks will give them the opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date research and to expand their scientific network.

Fee info

CHF 550: Early Bird fee: 500 CHF
Regular fee: 550 CHF
Included in the price: Fee for course and course material, excursion to the Jungfraujoch, social program.
Accomodation additional: 410 CHF